What You Will Grieve

You will grieve suicide, murder, and other tragic events
You will grieve nothings, and wrongs, and even being a survivor

You will grieve confusion, and stages that you will go through,
anger, and time when you need to begin again

You will grieve work, your incomplete past,
doom, and the future

You will grieve recovery and staying open,
grieve the fear of your feelings

You will grieve acquiring things, and losing things;
you will grieve loss of trust

You will grieve not knowing what to say,
not wanting to talk about death

You will grieve wanting approval of others,
lies, and loss of energy

You will grieve making commitments,
not committing, and short-term reliefs

You will grieve comparisons and minimizing history,
grieve what’s not finished, forgetting, and the truth

You will grieve expectations, hopes, and dreams,
apologies, and disguises

You will grieve choices, absences, and moving
You will grieve acknowledging the final word


This poem was composed of titles in the table of contents of the book, The Grief Recovery Handbook.

Image courtesy of Pixabay


8 thoughts on “What You Will Grieve

    1. If you look at my previous post, I think you will see why writing about grief was something I needed to do right now. It’s just one side of the yin-yang whole. Thanks for your caring and concern. I appreciate it. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

Post a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s